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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

New Keel Piece for Rosie's Bow

The Boat Yard Crew came to work on Monday and low and behold a very generous donation was left for them. A piece of loblolly pine from Paul Ryban. The crew continues forward in the final repairs to the keelson.

Very generous donation from Paul Ryban.

The piece was very heavy and it took a fork lift to move it.

Here we are laying out the pattern in order to rough cut and get rid of any excess material.

Marc Barto chain saws off the excess length. Its getting lighter with each cut.

Our volunteer, Mark Welles, cuts the curved portion of the piece. It takes a series of four passes on each side.

Mark making the first series of cuts while increasing the depth with each pass.

Pounding wedges in order to break the final seem to separate the two sides.

Jenn Kuhn is pounding in the wedges.

Now we can handle the piece with more ease.

Next we cut out the mortise which will fit the forward king post of the centerboard trunk.

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